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Old 7 Aug 20, 08:25 AM  
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Updating my watchlist:

Muppets Now looks to be releasing one episode at a time so that's ongoing. DW and I have started watching The Imagineering Story. DD and I will watch Black is King, the Beyonce visual album project thing.

Aside from this it's the newest films I haven't seen to go onto the list - Coco, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4. For the sequels it's been years since I watched the earlier movies so I'll watch them all in order, roping in family members as and when they're interested:

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This charging for Mulan is really poor. Netflix often spends $150m per series or per movie and has a constant stream of this stuff. Irishman cost $150m, Six Underground the same, the Crown is $130m every series etc. Disney is spending $1bn on original content- Netflix $17 bn! Yet Disney charges $30 to watch its $200m movie.
BTW I finally watched The Irishman, absolutely fantastic.
I do love Mandalorian though.
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This charging for Mulan is really poor. Netflix often spends $150m per series or per movie and has a constant stream of this stuff. Irishman cost $150m, Six Underground the same, the Crown is $130m every series etc. Disney is spending $1bn on original content- Netflix $17 bn! Yet Disney charges $30 to watch its $200m movie.
BTW I finally watched The Irishman, absolutely fantastic.
I do love Mandalorian though.
Irishman is excellent, slow compared to most contemporary stuff but worth the time. Loved Ricky Gervais's gag at the Golden Globes "Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere, and by the end his date was too old for him."

Disney couldn't have imagined a worse global crisis than one which almost obliterated cinema trips, cruising and theme park visits in a single hit. It was fortuitous they had Disney+ ready in one way but I agree with you that paying £30 for a home watch of a cinematic release is a no go, can't see them making up for many >$1bn releases like this but guess they have to try.

Hopefully people stand firm and don't pay for it. But Pay per View boxing doesn't feel like good value (at similar prices), or the Premier League rights and people still pay those prices so who knows. Mind you Disney will need some amazing anti-counterfeiting technology if they want to sell more than one copy in Asia

Just finished re-watching The Incredibles. Review to follow tomorrow.
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Oh yay, Once Upon A Time is there now! Havenít seen it since Channel 5 dropped it.
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Oh yay, Once Upon A Time is there now! Havenít seen it since Channel 5 dropped it.
I'd never heard of that, looks like DD's sort of thing - I might make it through one episode, will recommend it to her thanks

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Toy Story 4
Black is King
The Jungle Book (original animated version)
Lady and the Tramp (the new live action one)
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The Incredibles (review)

Iím going to level with everybody. I donít like Mr Incredible 😐 Granted; heís shown as being kind in this movie (helping out his insurance claimants) but heís also self-centred, egotistical, and clearly top heavy. His response to an irritating boss is to hospitalise himÖ Know that if Mr Incredible is your avatar I will judge you

Anyway this is a movie of two halves for me. Itís just shy of 2 hours long and most of the first hour is a snooze, 2/10 stuff in my book. Even the much vaunted Edna Mode sequences havenít aged well. An Anna Wintour haircut, silly accent and dialogue that wouldnít get near an episode of Absolutely Fabulous arenít doing it for me.

Happily it picks up around half way when the true hero of the story 😀 Elastigirl starts to get an equal share of the screen time, she rules. The last hour is a pretty good animated movie. The villain and his tricks are decent, the animation style looks good and the action sequences are solid. Overall I find this a confused effort by Pixarís high standards, it takes way too long to get going and also has about 3 endings (2 less than Lord of the Rings Return of the King so maybe it was an early 2000ís thing).

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Elastigirl and to a lesser extent the super-kids
Features cinemaís coolest hollowed out volcano lair
Samuel L Jacksonís Frozone
Strong action sequences in the second half
Premise of a nuclear family of superheroes is relatively novel

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Mr Incredible is not a protagonist I warm to
First half of the movie is as flabby as the above (before shaping up in the 2nd half)
Messy ending, mole creature?
A lot of the humour falls flat or hasnít aged well

Rating 5/10. Not Pixarís best for me but after a gap of almost 15 years and with Elastigirl apparently centre-stage in Incredibles 2 Iím optimistic ahead of watching that Iíll like it better.
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Toy Story (review)

After my Incredibles review I guess I should start by saying Woody is controlling, jealous and machiavellian but hey itís Tom Hanks so we can forgive him anything as long as he starts doing the right thing by about 20 minutes in (he does, itís Tom Hanks). Loved re-watching this, Iíve probably seen it 4-5 times but not for (10?) years and it was great to come back to, early Pixar at their best

Noting that this was over 30 minutes shorter than The Incredibles and that makes a big difference on either a re-watch or if viewing with fidgety children. The opening scenes where Andyís playing with the toys and then they come to life is a joy and itís worth remembering back to how amazing that animation seemed when it first came out, it still looks good now.

After watching this, I canít wait to see 2 and 3 again. Iím still not sure 4 was warranted. Time will tell. And maybe one day Disney will open a Pizza Planet restaurant worthy of the name!

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Buzz thinking heís really a Space Ranger is a piece of pure genius in the writing
Youíve got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman), written for the film and fits it so well
The way the mechanics of each toy works with the animation is so clever
Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as Woody

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Doesnít have the emotional heft of the sequels.

Rating 8.5/10 The fact that later Toy Story movies increase the stakes and the number of characters shouldnít obscure the fact that the original is a straight-up classic.
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For what itís worth, Coco has become one of my favourite Disney/Pixar films. I will be interested in what you think of it.
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For what itís worth, Coco has become one of my favourite Disney/Pixar films. I will be interested in what you think of it.
I'm looking forward to Coco. I enjoyed The Book of Life which had some similar themes coming out a little earlier. Hoping to find time to see this over the weekend.

Got a little distracted this week with DW's insistence on watching every movie on Disney+ with a husky in it so the next update will be an Alaska special as opposed to Mexico
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Toy Story 2 (review)

This is great, even watching it in 3 parts across multiple days didnít dent the brilliance of this sequel. Pixar at the top of their game. I donít know if they always planned to create a gang and a backstory for Woody like the Woodyís Roundup storyline but this is a brilliant addition that creates the perfect drama, without it this could easily have been another story about toys trying to move around in the outside world.

Toy Story 2 is clever, beautifully animated and self-referential throughout - Rex reading the magazine about how to defeat a video game Emperor Zurg, Buzz meeting another Buzz. Itís also funny - the introduction of Barbie and the whole sequence in Alís Toy Barn especially

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Strong storyline, a proper heroís journey for Woody
Hones down to a central core of characters (Woody plus Hamm/Rex/Buzz/Slinky/PotatoHead) which allows them to introduce new toys like Jessie and Barbie without overwhelming the viewer in this and future episodes.
Overflowing with creativity. Was this the first animated film to create Ďbloopersí for the end credits?
Bullseye (Woodyís horse) is a cuteness overload

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Nope, I got nothing

Rating 9/10 the sequel is just that little bit better than the original in this case. Bigger in scope, funnier and with the emotions ramped up...itís the Empire Strikes Back to Toy Storyís Star Wars (they even spoof that movieís most famous scene with Zurg/Buzz).
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